The Skinwalker Within

By:Andrew Troy Keller

As far back as any Navajo tribesman could ever remember,the creatures known as skinwalkers are Navajo witches who,according to the tribe's legend,are capable of changing from human to animal form and back again.

And yet,even those who believe themselves to be true skinwalers have certain family problems just like everyone else on this very planet Earth.

For example:John Blackbison was on his way to New York City with his wife,Kimberly Spangler-Blackbison to open a used book store near New York University.

But that was before they both had decided to take a detour through the state of Arizona and say 'hi' to his mother and father.

After they had arrived at the house where he had lived as a boy,both John and Kimberly had gotten out of the car and walked into the house,where they were warmly greeted by his mother,who was so happy to see him come back home.

But after he had asked her where he could find his father,the look on his mother's face had changed to that of despair,for she had wished that he hadn't asked such a question.

And after she had told him where to find his father,John had walked over to the large rock,which was right behind the Blackbison residence.

Once there,John was finally able to confront his father,who was there along with two other Navajo tribesmen.

"Hi,Dad.",said John,after he had taken a deep breath."It has been a long time."

And after he had looked up at his son,the elder Blackbison had let out a grunt and said,"So,you had finally returned to your true home!Would wonders ever cease to amaze me?"

"Look,Dad.I really don't blame you for hating me for what I want to do with my life.",said John,after he had scratched the back of his head."It's just that Kimberly and I had agreed to come over and say 'hi' to you and Mom,before resuming our trip to New York City."

But before he was able to say another word,John's father had grabbed a handful of some bone white powder and flung it at his son,causing him to cough and gag.

And then,after he was through coughing,John had suddenly felt something burning inside of him.

"WHAT DID YOU DO TO ME,DAD?!",asked John,who was experiencing servere pain.

"I HAD DONE WHAT I SHOULD'VE DONE A LONG TIME AGO,YOUNG WOLF CUB!",answered John's father,after he had walked over to his son."I HAD UNLEASHED THE SKINWALKER WITHIN YOU!"

Suddenly,after Kimberly had heard the screams coming from the big rock,she had ran out of the house and towards the source of the screams,despite the objections of John's mother.

But then,as soon as she had reached the big rock,poor Kimberly was shocked to discover her beloved husband transforming into a werewolf.

"IT'S TOO LATE,WHITE WOMAN!YOUR HUSBAND IS LOST TO YOU!",yelled John's gleeful father."THE SKINWALKER WITHIN HIM HAS BEEN UNLEASHED--AND YOU ARE ABOUT TO BE HIS FIRST MEAL!"

And while the elder Blackbison was laughing his head off,Kimberly was crying and screaming her head off,for she had realized that he was telling the truth--the whole terrifying truth.

THE END!